Robert M. Krone Back

#1) Major Robert M. Krone is awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for heroism while participating in aerial flight as a F-105 pilot over North Vietnam on 22 December 1965. On that date, Major Krone led a flight of F-105 aircraft against a hostile missile site. With outstanding leadership and superior airmanship, Major Krone dangerously exposed himself for lengths of time well above and beyond normal mission requirements. The outstanding heroism and selfless devotion to duty displayed by Major Krone reflect great credit upon himself and the United States Air Force. #2)Major Robert M. Krone is awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for heroism while participating in aerial flight as an F-105 pilot over North Vietnam on 31 January 1966. On that date, Major Krone participated in a strike against a vital target heavily defended by anti-aircraft batteries. In spite of extremely marginal weather conditions, utilizing airborne radar for letdown, navigation and target area acquisition, and in the face of intense hostile ground fire, the target was destroyed. The outstanding heroism and selfless devotion to duty displayed by Major Krone reflect great credit upon himself and the United States Air Force. #3) Major Robert M. Krone is awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for heroism while participating in aerial flight as an F-105 Pilot over North Vietnam on 8 May 1966. On that date, Major Krone was the leader of a flight of four F-105's striking a vital, heavily defended railroad bridge near Hanoi, North Vietnam. Despite adverse weather conditions, confirmed and accurate ground fire, and attack of opposing aircraft, Major Krone inflicted heavy damage on his assigned target with high explosive ordnance. The outstanding heroism and selfless devotion to duty displayed by Major Krone reflect great credit upon himself and the United States Air Force. #4) Major Robert M. Krone is awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight as an F-105 Pilot over North Vietnam on 31 May 1966. On that date, Major Krone was the leader of a flight of F-105's assigned to destroy an extremely vital and heavily defended military storage complex located on the main railroad line from Red China to Hanoi, North Vietnam. Despite extremely adverse conditions, reduction by half of his force due to aircraft malfunctions, intense and accurate anti-aircraft fire, and the ever-present SA-2 missile threat, he led his flight to the total destruction of his assigned target. He also directed helicopters into an area 10 miles from the target for the rescue of a downed pilot. The professional competence, aerial skill, and devotion to duty displayed by Major Krone reflect great credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.